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The New Normal/Political Correctness Run Amok Thread


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3 hours ago, DanteEstonia said:

But a teacher can be fired for breaching those contracts...

Yes, but not for any other reason. Thus, they are not employees at will. In at-will employment you can be fired for any reason — or no reason — just not for an illegal reason, e.g., race, religion, etc.

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16 minutes ago, Bobref said:

Yes, but not for any other reason. Thus, they are not employees at will. In at-will employment you can be fired for any reason — or no reason — just not for an illegal reason, e.g., race, religion, etc.

Idk about Virginia, but in Nevada there are statutes that contain reasons why a teacher can be non-renewed or terminated, and “insubordination” is one of those reasons.

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1 hour ago, DanteEstonia said:

Idk about Virginia, but in Nevada there are statutes that contain reasons why a teacher can be non-renewed or terminated, and “insubordination” is one of those reasons.

I guess I have lost your point. If someone can be fired only for “cause,” whether that “cause” is spelled out in a statute or contract makes no difference. If you can only be fired for “cause,” by definition you’re not an at-will employee.

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On 12/15/2020 at 1:54 PM, Muda69 said:

They'll all be renamed to Biden-Harris High School...........................

 

Why not just give schools directional names; Northside HS, Southside HS, East Bank, HS (home of Jerry West), Westside HS, Southside HS, East Carolina, Western Carolina, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan... I'm sure other can add more let's try. This way there can be no objection to the directional name. No muss no fuss. 

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On 6/14/2021 at 11:37 AM, Goose Liver said:

Why not just give schools directional names; Northside HS, Southside HS, East Bank, HS (home of Jerry West), Westside HS, Southside HS, East Carolina, Western Carolina, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan... I'm sure other can add more let's try. This way there can be no objection to the directional name. No muss no fuss. 

I have posited much the same idea before here on the GID. And don't stop with school names.  Cities, streets, etc.  need all be renamed as well so as to not possibly cause a "microagression" against even one individual.

 

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14 hours ago, Muda69 said:

Cities, streets, etc.  need all be renamed as well so as to not possibly cause a "microagression" against even one individual.

Can someone give me an example of a “microaggression?” I’m not sure I fully understand the concept, and would hate to unintentionally offend.

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5 hours ago, Bobref said:

Sounds to me like you just need to be polite and mind your own business, and you’ll be OK.

But what about a street named something like "Robert E. Lee Boulevard" or "Thomas Jefferson Way"?  Surely those those need to be changed to "Biden Boulevard" or "Obama Way"?  How about just "Street A" and "Street B"?

 

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1 hour ago, Muda69 said:

But what about a street named something like "Robert E. Lee Boulevard" or "Thomas Jefferson Way"?  Surely those those need to be changed to "Biden Boulevard" or "Obama Way"?  How about just "Street A" and "Street B"?

I’m not sure … but I think you’re being micro aggressive. 🤣

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2 hours ago, Muda69 said:

Elwood is the same way.

Quite the imagination....................

 

I thought it was very convenient. 

Although at the very northern part of Bedford, L Street, M Street, and N Street are named Lawrence Street, Madison Street, and Newton Street, respectively. 

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Insect Experts Will Change The Name Of The 'Gypsy Moth' And 'Gypsy Ant': https://www.npr.org/2021/07/10/1014787096/insect-experts-will-change-the-name-of-the-gypsy-moth-and-gypsy-ant

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The largest organization of insect experts in the world is dropping its common names for two insects — the gypsy moth and gypsy ant — because it says the names are inappropriate and offensive.

The Entomological Society of America said it would take input on new names for the moth Lymantria dispar and the ant Aphaenogaster araneoides.

Many scientific groups follow its lead in referring to insect species.

"Words matter, and what we call something matters. And by using the former name for Lymantria dispar, it really was very hurtful to the Romani people," says Chris Stelzig, the executive director of the organization.

The Romani people, or Roma, are Europe's largest ethnic minority and face discrimination. "Gypsy" is considered a pejorative term.

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Restaurant tipping economic model is bad, and we’re missing the chance to end it

https://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/columnists/james-briggs/2021/07/25/tipping-servers-bartenders-isnt-going-away-after-covid-pandemic/8073397002/

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The COVID-19 pandemic sent a jolt through the economy that, while awful for most people, has also presented opportunities for businesses to make radical changes that would be nearly impossible in normal times.

The most obvious example is the movement toward remote flexibility for office workers. I noticed another example while visiting Chicago earlier this month and dining at Frontera Grill. That restaurant put a notice on its menu stating that Frontera is adding a 20% service charge to all bills to “ensure an equitable and dependable livelihood for all who work here.” As a result, tipping is not expected.

That is a fantastic change for people who eat and work in restaurants. But, unlike the work-from-home trend, the elimination of expected tipping does not appear widespread — and there is every reason to think the status quo will prevail.

That’s unfortunate because tipping is awful, and we might be missing our best opportunity to get rid of it.

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Yet another race to the bottom initiative by the socialist left, where mediocrity is celebrated as "equity".

 

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53 minutes ago, raiderx2 said:
53 minutes ago, raiderx2 said:

Let's  not stop there.  Browns is clearly a racist name.  Cavalier is defined as a follower of King Charles who I am sure was a racist bastard.  Start the campaign now.

I don’t even know if they still exist, but their hockey team used to be the Barons, obviously glorification of an elitist class system that was the closest thing to slavery. And Cleveland State is the Vikings. Don’t get me started on those sexist bastards!

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Kroger, The Wokest Supermarket: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/kroger-the-wokest-supermarket/

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I think it has been well established that the American elite has lost its collective mind. If you doubt it, check out Elizabeth Bruenig’s long piece in The Atlantic about what’s happened to Yale law professor Amy Chua. The title gets to the heart of the matter: “The New Moral Code Of America’s Elite”. It is more of the usual soft-totalitarian crap, this time playing out within Yale University. You might be thinking: who cares about Yale? Here’s what you should know: the people who graduate from Yale and other elite institutions — and now, even not-so-elite ones — are mostly saturated with this “new moral code,” which entails wokeness.

They bring this moral code to the executive offices of major corporations. Which is how we get to supermarket workers having to receive ideological education to be qualified to stack cans of Chicken-of-the-Sea on a shelf.

My first paying job was working at a grocery store in my hometown. I loved it. I got to stock shelves, run the cash register, and do a little bit of everything. I could not have imagined that one day, working in a grocery store would require political re-education. A reader passes along Kroger’s 24-page guide to being a woke cashier and shelf-stocker. I’m going to post excerpts below. We have lost our minds as a country if we force people to undergo this kind of political consciousness training just to put freaking bananas in a bin. Let’s have a look at what the woke capitalists at Kroger compel their employees to study:

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What is the point of this? Why should a corporation care about “allyship”? This is a weird form of coercion. A corporation should care that its LGBT employees are treated with the same respect all employees are entitled to. But as you’ll see, this initiative goes far beyond that. Remember, I’m not going to post all the 26 pages, just the worst.

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“Partner with leadership”. “Leverage our influence”. “Drive positive impact.” When the Revolution comes, Human Resources Department personnel will be the first against the wall.

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Ah, now we’re getting somewhere. Kroger got the woke imprimatur from the HRC. As I write inLive Not By Lies:

Corporations like to brand themselves as being in favor of a predictable constellation of causes, all of them guiding stars of the progressive cosmos. Woke capitalist branding harnesses the unmatched propaganda resources of the advertising industry to send the message, both explicitly and implicitly: the beliefs of social conservatives and religious traditionalists are obstacles to the social good.

As you will see, that’s what Kroger is doing here.

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It’s perfectly fine for a company to expect its employees not to bring their political, religious, or cultural proselytizing to the workplace. But that is exactly what Kroger is doing with LGBT! Employees who don’t agree with the ideology behind “allyship” had better go into the closet at work. Kroger says it wants to focus “on behaviors and not beliefs,” but if that were true, they would not be indoctrinating employees by the woke LGBT catechism. They would simply insist on courtesy and respect, not push gender ideology onto unwilling employees. Look:

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What does any of this have to do with being a supermarket cashier or stock person? Nothing! Do you have to affirm these contestable categories and definitions in order to treat your LGBT co-worker with respect? No, you don’t. Kroger wishes to indoctrinate its workers, and by so doing make it a less friendly place for people with dissenting moral or religious values to work.

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Again, what possible relationship does this ideology have to the ability of a Kroger employee to be a competent and dependable supermarket worker? Since when does corporate management involve itself in propagandizing for left-wing theories that until five minutes ago were confined to the Gender Studies faculty? Since the American elites lost their minds.

Look at this stupidity. Imagine how hard it is for the people at the Kroger in Southern states, with our courtesy codes, to get with this idiotic language policing:

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We are re-working ordinary English to accommodate a thin-skinned fringe and their corporate elite allies, and turning the workplace into a massive eggshells-walk. Speaking of walking on eggshells:

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“Oppressive”! Gosh. So now some poor young man who got his GED, and is now working as a trainee at the meat market at the Kroger in Opelika, Alabama, might forget to say “xe” or “hir” or some other weird-ass Klingon pronoun to a co-worker or customer, and thus find himself denounced as an oppressor, and fired. Great, just great. Don’t work for Kroger if you want to retain your sanity and self-respect.

Behold, the High Holy Days:

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Here’s the most outrageous thing in the whole set:

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Kroger tells its employees to get politically active to support a particular (and particularly controversial) law, then tells them to join the LGBT activist group HRC. What an outrageous overstepping of workplace boundaries in a supermarket. In this presentation, Kroger went from being nice to LGBTs to instructing its employees to take specific political stands.

And it tells employees to join these activist organizations:

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Unbelievable. A person just wants to be a cashier at the local Kroger, but she has to endure this culture-war harangue by her employer. Imagine what ordinary people who work at Kroger must think as they have this stuff forced on them. They don’t dare object, or even question it publicly, out of fear they will be called a bigot, and fired. But see, that’s okay, because Kroger doesn’t want bigots working for it! If working-class bigots mopping the aisles at Kroger are terrified for their jobs in case someone discovers their bigotry, well, good: that means the system is working. As someone — Robespierre, or maybe Ibram X. Kendi — said, “Terror is nothing but prompt, severe, inflexible justice; it is therefore an emanation of virtue.”

Plainly Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in America, is a bad place to work for the non-woke. If you are one of the deplorably non-woke, don’t shop there. Don’t participate in this propaganda and indoctrination foisted on working-class people. Look at these charts from Indeed.com to see what people at Kroger are paid:

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Unsurprisingly:

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Kroger fired a couple of workers in Arkansas over this stuff, and are now facing an EEOC suit:

Kroger is being accused of violating federal law for allegedly firing two employees who refused to wear a rainbow emblem, which they believe contradicts their religious beliefs.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused the supermarket in a lawsuit filed Monday of terminating the women after they asked for a religious accommodation so that they didn’t have to display the rainbow.

The lawsuit claims that a Kroger store in Conway, Ark., implemented a new dress code in April 2019 that “required all employees to wear a new apron with a new logo, a rainbow heart embroidered on the top left portion of the bib.”

The rainbow flag has long been a symbol of the LGBT community.

Both of the defendants in the case, 57-year-old Trudy Rickert and 72-year-old Brenda Lawson, believe “in the literal interpretation of the Bible” and hold “a sincerely held religious belief that homosexuality is a sin.”

Because of these beliefs, the defendants made multiple oral and written requests to management to wear another apron.

“I have a sincerely held religious belief that I cannot wear a symbol that promotes or endorses something that is in violation of my religious faith,” Rickerd told management in a signed hand-written letter May 1, 2019, according to the lawsuit. “I respect others who have a different opinion and am happy to work alongside others who desire to wear the symbol. I am happy to buy another apron to ensure there is no financial hardship on Kroger.”

Rickerd and Lawson claim that instead of granting their requests, they were disciplined multiple times.

According to the lawsuit, Rickerd was fired May 29, 2019, and Lawson was fired June 1, 2019 for repeated violations of the dress code.

Here is a key principle behind Woke Capitalism: You can pay your employees badly and bully them, making them afraid that they’re going to slip up, or that somebody’s going to find out that they are conservative, or go to church … but as long as you say the right pronouns, and get the seal of approval from the leading woke activist groups, hey, you’re golden. All the elites at the country club praise your executives for their social progressivism, and you never run into the grubby Bible-beaters and other grocery-store deplorables anyway, so who cares what they think? Right?

I'm glad that I don't shop at Kroger.

 

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